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Clock Face Miners 26 Ashton Bears 6
11:49am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
CLOCK Face Miners’ play-off hopes remain on track after a convincing North West Men’s League Premier Division victory over Ashton Bears.
Matt Garner and Matty Norton both scored twice with Ian Lynch grabbing a try before Dan Smith’s consolation late on for the visitors.
Clock opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour when a loose ball was picked up by Craig Cooney near the Ashton line and offloaded for Garner to force his way over, Martin Hutton converting.
Bears’ luck was against them next as Hutton’s low kick rebounded off a post into the arms of Lynch for him to score a converted try between the sticks.
Hutton was involved again minutes later, the man-of-the-match this time passing to Garner for him to weave his way into the corner for his second.
It was another low kick that gave Clock their final try of the half and ensured a 22-point lead at the break.
Hutton’s low boot deflected off an Ashton defender and Norton was on hand to scoop up and go over, allowing Hutton to add the extras.
The Clock defence held firm from a brief Bears fightback after the interval, with determined performances from Peter Bekker, Andy Stanton and Adam McGowan.
Then on 57 minutes Norton forced his way over to make the game safe, before Smith’s late converted effort.
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